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Message posted on 06/03/2020

Reminder and room change: Symposium 12 March in Leiden with Peter Dahler-Larsen, Rebecca Elliot, Max Fochler, Noortje Marres, Willem Schinkel, Niki Vermeulen

You are cordially invited to the symposium How does evaluation shape knowledge creation? Future directions for Science and Evaluation studies

We are organizing this symposium in the context of the European Research Council-funded project FluidKnowledge: a five-year international research project on how evaluation shapes ocean science.

If you are considering coming to Leiden next Thursday: please register here. This rough estimate will help us to get a better sense of how many people to expect at the reception.

Speaker line-up

Peter Dahler-Larsen, Department of Political Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Rebecca Elliot, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics
Maximilian Fochler, Department of Science & Technology Studies, University of Vienna
Noortje Marres, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick
Willem Schinkel, Department of Public Administration & Sociology, Erasmus University
Niki Vermeulen, Science Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh

Date: 12 March, 2020. Free entry, registration preferred.
Time: 13:00-17:15h, followed by a reception.
Location: Room SA49, Pieter de la Court Building, Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden University.


Evaluations have become a permanent element of the workings of present-day universities. And there are many different reasons for this. One is very simple: universities and other knowledge institutions are part of a wider culture that is being flooded with rankings and ratings. Since the advent of the internet, this has only increased. We count, measure and rank till we drop: from the restaurants we visit and the hotels we book, to the quality of the educational institutions where we send our children. But how exactly does evaluation affect science and scholarship?

The intricate ways in which evaluation, valuation and knowledge production interact are poorly understood and undertheorized. Broadly speaking, the new field of Science and Evaluation Studies sets out to analyse the conditions for conducting research, in relation to developments in the content of the research. And this involves three central questions: 1) How do we evaluate science and scholarship? What kinds of ideas about research quality, the societal relevance of research, good governance, the importance of certain forms of collaboration, and careers can be seen in formal evaluation systems and informal evaluation criteria? 2) How do evaluations interact with science itself? How do evaluations interact with scientific research and the many different policy and funding instruments that make use of evaluations? And 3) Is this really how we want to evaluate science?

Six international experts will give input talks in connection with one or more of the following questions:

What are the most promising questions are for social scientific research on interactions between evaluation, knowledge creation, and science-society relations? What is at stake, and for whom? How can different disciplines and methodologies (e.g. scientometrics, ethnography) interact with each other most productively? And how to conceptualize and operationalize collaborations with field experts (e.g. ocean scientists, policy makers, wider publics)?

We hope to see you in Leiden!

All the best, also on behalf of Guus Dix, Jackie Ashkin, Josephine Bergmans, Sarah Rose Bieszczad, Sonia Mena Jara, and Thomas Franssen,


Sarah de Rijcke
Principle Investigator ERC-funded project FluidKnowledge
Professor of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies
CWTS, Leiden University
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